Press release submitted by Eastern Iowa Community Colleges|
Eastern Iowa Community College's is hosting its 17th annual CPR Saturday on February 2 at the Putnam Museum.
You will if you attend the 17th Annual CPR Saturday on February 2. In just 30 minutes participants will receive basic CPR training and learn how to save a life.
CPR Saturday is a free event and will be held at the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science, 1717 West 12th Street, Davenport. Training in how to perform CPR on adults and children will be held at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Infant CPR training will be held at 3:30 p.m.
"All it takes is an hour to learn how to save a life so we're not asking people to take a lot of time out of their schedule," Hamilton said. "And it's very easy to learn for people of all ages. It really doesn't take any special talents or skills other than a willingness to learn."
Young, old and everyone in between is invited to participate. The event is free of charge and no pre-registration is necessary. Participants are only asked to check in at the Putnam Museum a few minutes before the start of the session they wish to attend.
"We'll have plenty of mannequins and trainers available, all we need are the participants," Hamilton said. "We've trained thousands of people in the proper way to perform CPR over the past 16 years, but we're always looking to increase that total.
"We also want to let people know that, because the turnout was so large last year, we have moved to a bigger room so we can accommodate everyone who attends," she said.
CPR Saturday is coordinated annually by Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC). Hamilton also thanked the Putnam Museum for its support of the event.
For the fourth straight year CPR Saturday will be followed by the Terry Lunardi Memorial "Play HEARTS for Hearts" Tournament.
Also being held at the Putnam Museum, the card tournament raises funds for CPR training programs at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. The first two events raised almost $10,000 to support the programs, including the purchase of CPR manikins and automated external defibrillator (AED) training machines.
The tournament begins at 5:30 p.m. with a pasta dinner from Lunardi's. Tournament play begins at 6:30 p.m. The tournament is named in honor of Terry Lunardi, the local business leader, volunteer and owner of Lunardi's Italian Restaurant who passed away in August 2009.
Entry fee is $30 ($25 with student i.d.) and includes the pasta dinner. Advance registration is requested; visit www.eicc.edu/hearts to register online or call 1-888-336-3907.